Sunday Worship Guide - First Sunday of Advent

 

 

Worship Guide

November 28, 2021

First Sunday of Advent

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Lighting the Advent Candle:

 

Greetings:

 

Minister:    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People:     And also with you!

 

Special Music: “How Great Thou Art" - Meagan Hullett

 

Centering Words:

 

A righteous branch has sprung forth to bring goodness and justice to our world.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   Our promised salvation is at hand.

People:  A righteous branch has sprung forth, bring hope to our world.

Leader:   Our eyes have beheld the goodness and mercy of the Lord.

People:  A son has been given to us, bringing justice and virtue to our land.

Leader:   Our hearts have felt the stirrings of God’s Presence.

People:  The Spirit of truth is here to heal us, teaching transgressors God’s ways.

Leader:   Let us worship the God of our salvation, as we pray.

 

ALL: Righteous One, your glory shines brighter than the sun. We remember your compassion and your faithful love, as we come to worship this day. Lift up our souls to meet the challenges we face, as we seek to bear the fruit of your salvation. May your righteous branch grow within our hearts, that our lives may abound in mercy and steadfast love. And may we be found ready and waiting when the one drawing near comes with power and glory to bring us to you. Amen.

 

Hymn: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

                        

Come, thou long-expected Jesus

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us,

let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation,

hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation,

joy of every longing heart.

 

Born thy people to deliver,

born a child and yet a King,

born to reign in us forever,

now thy gracious kingdom bring.

by thine own eternal spirit

rule in all our hearts alone;

by thine all sufficient merit,

raise us to thy glorious throne.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

We worship a God of mercy, who abounds in steadfast love.

The one who is God’s righteous branch draws near to save us from our weakness, and to seal us in God’s love.

Praise be to God!

 

*Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16

 

14 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice andrighteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends “Jesus Loves Me

Children’s Message: “Waiting on Jesus”

 

Hymn: “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”   

 

I want to walk as a child of the light.

I want to follow Jesus.

God set the stars to give light to the world.

The star of my life is Jesus.

 

In him there is no darkness at all.

The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

 

I want to see the brightness of God.

I want to look at Jesus.

Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path,

and show me the way to the Father.

 

In him there is no darkness at all.

The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

 

I'm looking for the coming of Christ.

I want to be with Jesus.

When we have run with patience the race,

we shall know the joy of Jesus.

 

In him there is no darkness at all.

The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

 

Sermon: “Time to Go Home” - Luke 21:25-36

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 

29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 

34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “Blessed Be the God of Israel”

 

Blessed be the God of Israel

who come to set us free,

who visits and redeems us,

and grants us liberty.

The prophets spoke of mercy,

of freedom and release;

God shall fulfill the promise

to bring our people peace.

 

Now from the house of David

a child of grace is given;

a Savior comes among us

to raise us up to heaven.

Before him goes the herald,

forerunner in the way,

the prophet of salvation,

the harbinger of day.

 

On prisoners of darkness

the sun begins to rise,

the dawning of forgiveness

upon the sinner's eyes,

to guide the feet of pilgrims

along the paths of peace;

O bless our God and Savior

with songs that never cease!

 

 The Nicene Creed  

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and

the Virgin Mary and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under

Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in

accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is

seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge

the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,

the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the

Son,

who with the Father and the Son

is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic* and

apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the

dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Gloria Patri

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now

And ever shall be,

World without end. Amen. Amen

 

Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns:        

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “Advent Song”

 

Light the Advent candle, one:

Now the waiting has begun;

we have started on our way,

time to think of Christmas day.

 

Candle, candle, burning bright,

shining in the cold winter night;

candle, candle, burning bright,

fill our hearts with Christmas light.

 

Light the Advent candle, two:

Think of humble shepherds, who

filled with wonder and the sight

of the child of Christmas night.

 

Candle, candle, burning bright,

shining in the cold winter night;

candle, candle, burning bright,

fill our hearts with Christmas light.

 

Light the Advent candle, three:

think of heavenly harmony;

angels singing "Peace on Earth"

at the blessed Savior's birth.

 

Candle, candle, burning bright,

shining in the cold winter night;

candle, candle, burning bright,

fill our hearts with Christmas light.

 

Light the Advent candle, four:

Think of joy forever more;

Christ Child in a stable born,

gift of love that Christmas morn.

 

Candle, candle, burning bright,

shining in the cold winter night;

candle, candle, burning bright,

fill our hearts with Christmas light.

 

Light the Christmas candles, now;

Sing of donkey, sheep, and cow;

birthday candles for the King,

let the alleluias ring.

 

Candle, candle, burning bright,

shining in the cold winter night;

candle, candle, burning bright,

fill our hearts with Christmas light.

 

Benediction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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